ITE’s First Meeting w/ Guest Speaker Alyssa Reynolds

Alyssa ReynoldsITE’s first meeting is this Thursday, Sept 27 during U-hour (12-1 PM), in the Transpo lab (17-2646). We will be hosting Alyssa Reynolds as our guest speaker, who will be discussing how to relate the maintenance aspect of our Traffic Infrastructure to Traffic Engineering. Free lunch will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Come and see what ITE has to offer! Continue reading

Case Study of Traffic Circulation and Parking By Alyssa Reynolds

This is a guest post by Alyssa Reynolds.

Alyssa Reynolds PE, PTOE

Alyssa Reynolds is the President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Western District, which includes the 13 western states and US Pacific territories. She is a Project Engineer with the City of Henderson, Nevada. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. 

Case Study of Traffic Circulation and Parking around Greenspun Middle School
By Alyssa Reynolds, PE PTOE

I was recently asked to look at the traffic circulation and parking situation at a local school, Greenspun Middle School. The impetus of the parent concerns was the removal of a volunteer crossing guard from the crosswalk in front of the school.  In Henderson, the City’s police department hires, trains, and assigns crossing guards to Elementary Schools.  They are not provided at middle and high schools.  I’ve heard various reasons for this ranging from: kids of this age should know how to cross the street safely to the kids refuse to obey the crossing guard.  There is also an additional expense to adding guards at the upper level schools.  The school removed the volunteer guard due to liability concerns.

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Summer Internship in San Francisco

Summer Student Intern Program with the City and County of San Francisco

SanFranciscoSealThe City and County of San Francisco is seeking student interns for various architecture/engineering disciplines, to provide support to in-house Engineering · Architecture · Landscape Architecture · Planning · Surveying · GIS staff. The City Departments that employ interns are the Airport Commission (SFO), Department of Building Inspection (DBI), MTA Municipal Railway (Muni), MTA Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT), Port of San Francisco (Port), Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Department of Public Works (DPW), and Recreation and Park Department (RPD). Interns will gain on-the-job experience under the guidance of experienced professional engineers, architects, planners and surveyors. Interns will participate in various activities in the respective City Departments.

Some of the positions available include Civil Engineering, Traffic/Transportation Engineering, and Traffic/Transportation Planning. You need to submit a Cover letter, Resume, College Transcripts, and Online Application.

The application deadline is 5pm Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Find out more!

Multimodal Traffic Jam Back in the Day!

Traffic Jam 1910

via Lost Tunnels of Downtown L.A. | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET. (Jan. 4, 2012)

2010 Annual Traffic Fatalities Show Progress (via FastLane)

America’s 2010 traffic safety numbers are in. And National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland and I are pleased to report that, last year, roadway fatalities and injuries fell to their lowest rates ever – and to their lowest numbers since 1949.

But if someone you know was among the 32,885 people killed on our roadways last year, you know that even one death is too many. Whatever progress these numbers indicate, they also tell us that we have more work to do to continue to protect Americans on our roadways. Continue reading

Benefits of Traffic Calming (via LADOT Bike Blog)

The Benefits of Traffic Calming

A few weeks ago, LADOT Bikeways staff grabbed our camera and tripod and took a trip down to Long Beach to get a first hand look at the Vista St. Bicycle Boulevard. As Los Angeles gets ready to implement it’s own version of a Bicycle Boulevard (called a Bicycle Friendly Street – BFS), we wanted to help familiarize everyone with a few of the different treatments. We particularly wanted to stress the significant quality of life and safety improvements that Vista St. residents have seen following the installation of traffic calming devices – particularly roundabouts and bicycle traffic signals.

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